Book Reviews

The Vine Witch

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Elena Boureanu emerges from a seven year curse and returns to the place she once called home. But things have changed; what was once a world renowned vineyard now produces something more akin to vinegar then the ruby hued wine that once came from it’s vines. Her Grand-Mère was forced to sell the vineyard, and it’s new owner, Jean-Paul Martel doesn’t believe in witchcraft. Too bad for him then, that his land is riddled with curses, and the only one who can undo them is Elena…

This debut novel from author Luanne G. Smith is set in early 20th century France and follows Elena from the marshland she was trapped in as she attempts to reclaim her home and her power. Once a powerful vine witch, the years she spent as a toad have left her weak, but that doesn’t mean she cannot sense the truth, someone has lain a series of curses and hexes across her beloved Chateau Renard. Now she has to contend with more then her weakened state if she wishes to save the land she once called home. Non believers, rivals, and ex lovers all will challenge her as she attempts to right seven years of wrong and find revenge along the way.

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Top Ten Tuesday

The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

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I have a hard time not finishing books, there’s been a few I force my way through out of stubbornness and maybe a certain fatal optimism. We’re going to have reach far back into my reading history to find a grand total of ten books, but the ones that are on here, boy did the leave an impression. And by impression I mean a lingering miasma of general unpleasantness that lends itself well to headaches, sighing, and eye rolling. Here we go!

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Seriously Geeky Sundays

Families in Fandom

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there, be it child or paw parent, keep up the good work and have a mimosa for me, OK? I have to go back to work today for the first time in over a month and I don’t want to.

To celebrate the day, Seriously Geek Sundays is turning it’s focus towards families; conventional, unconventional, secondary, found. It’s an all-inclusive deal full of doting and dangerous grandmothers, fierce Knight Champion mothers, siblings more powerful than gods, and Sora from Kingdom Hearts.

Curious to know how I managed to sneak ma boi in there? Read on to find out!

Seriously Geeky Sundays are brought to you by Heather over at Just Geeking By, check it out and join the fun. Every week has interesting prompts, and the questions are quite unique.

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The Geekery

Have You Ever? Gaming Edition

I’ve been playing video games since… *checks watch* Ah… 1992? Give or take some months. In that time I’ve had a lot of experience with every genre- from FPS to MMO to JRPG and everything in between. So, have I ever?

Yes. Yes I have.

Join me on a journey from Square Enix to Blizzard to AT&T not giving me the internet speed I pay for. Revel in just how far back my video game memory goes when I can’t retain what my husband said to me yesterday. Be amazed by my ability to be scared by gifs, plus so much more!

PS -No, I’m serious about the gif.

Tag gotten from Michelle at a A Geek Girls Guide. Follow her for lots of fun, nerdy posts, and great tags!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party

 

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I went all in on this weeks TTT and planned the ultimate fictional literary party. It was a ton of fun to choose decorations, food, a guest list- pretty much everything, because I’m not good at stopping at one thing. I think I missed my true vocation, I should have been an event planner.

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Seriously Geeky Sundays

Freedom of the Press

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The 3rd of May is World Press Freedom Day, so SGS is all about journalism in fiction (you can head over to the UNESCO site to find out more). I was a little daunted by this at first, especially since I’m writing this after a night of very little sleep. But I’m two cups of strong black tea in, and I feel like once I got going, it was easier than I thought it would be. Under the cut you’ll find Colbert, bounty hunter TV, witches, Wade Wilson, and Kylo Ren needing a time out.

Seriously Geeky Sundays are brought to you by Heather over at Just Geeking By, check it out and join the fun. Every week has interesting prompts, and the questions are quite unique.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Read as a Child

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This weeks TTT was supposed to be about books I wish I had read as a child, but I read so many books back then that I have a hard time keeping them all straight. I spent so much time at the library, and with a mother who was a teacher at the local preschool, day care, and learning center, there was never shortage of new books to read at home, either.

If you recognize any, please let me know! It’s always exciting when someone remembers the same childhood favorites.

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